The Brexit: You Brits Make Britain Great Britain Again

It’s looking good.

I’m not one to be enamored with elections, but I’ll swallow my whatever it takes and cheer on a wonderful country, a wonderful people, and the bedrock of what’s essentially American in so many ways.

We’ve always been pretty much friends since that little spat in 1776.

I adore the British and have encountered them in my world travels so many times, in so many remote areas, and it always goes 100% great. Every time. It is, for me, always easy to spot the underlying brotherhood. Not so long ago, I had one living just two doors down in the lofts over a few year’s time. We joked each other all the time.

…One time, Bea’s niece—a college student at the time—dog sat for us. Mark put a can of Spotted Dick on our doorstep and then made sure when he saw her, to ask Jennifer if she’d gotten the Spotted Dick. Barrel of laughs.

I do not support electing rulers. But this is an election that is, minimally, over greater self-determination.

Do the right thing, Brits. Do it. Watch and listen to every second.

SELF DETERMINATION! At least as much as can be had, but you’re a damn sight better with the British End Up.


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  1. Resurgent on June 18, 2016 at 23:08

    Richard – you are spot on about the British..!
    Here is a one minute clip every reader should spare their time for.

    • observer on June 19, 2016 at 00:41

      I gave it the full 1 minute, 24 seconds. It was easily the best use of 1 minute and 24 seconds I made in the past month.

    • observer on June 19, 2016 at 00:45

      Alas. Godfrey Bloom is longer in UK politics. What a shame.

    • Greg on June 20, 2016 at 06:27

      Nigel Farage is pretty good too.

  2. GTR on June 19, 2016 at 05:32

    If UK exits EU it is going to have LESS self determination. Self determination is dependant on ability to not be influenced by large corporations and world superpower countries, wich UK alone doesn’t have, but EU does.
    Brexit is like a gift to Putin, whose vision of the world organization is that the world is ruled via few superpowers, each having “spheres of influence”, consting of smaller countries, that orders from those large powers, but have little influence on the large superpower that owns them. Brexit would thus be an event on a path of realization of such vision, with it’s meaning being most likely that the UK goes to the sphere of influence of USA.
    EU is an opposite concept, it means multiple smaller countries can organize into one entity, each having votes in this entity, and thus as one, become large, influential and meaningful, rather than a puppet of some external superpower they have no influence on.
    It’s visible in trade agreements – the Trans Pacific trade agreement, basically between a superpower and small countries, has already been signed as presented, including basically giving countries sovereignty up, with arbitration courts having a final say in matters. At the same time EU is strong enough to resist the push from the superpower, by mulling the negitiatiosns, delaying them forever and even openly stating that it won’t agree to giving up power to arbitration courts.
    Same with large corporations. Large orporations are exactly what this guy in the video speaks about – dictatorships, ruled by officials that are either unelected or chosen by an inner cirle, and we, the common people, can’t remove them, no matter what they do. Yet we are dependand on them for things like jobs or product they make, and they often rule us via their laws called “Terms of use” or “licenses”. Have you for example read the Windows 10 license, which is a monopoly product for some markets?
    EU has managed to get some influence over corporations, including corporations asking it for permissions before making some strategic decisions (eg. mergers), something that doesn’t happen even for the reasonably sized econimies like Japan or Korea. UK alone can be just ignored in such matters, it would have to obey what the large corporations order.
    And also the important factor is that UK’s own politicians make worse decisions than the UE itself… Like Brexiters whine about 60 thousands muslims that EU wants to put in the UK (this includes actual war refugees), while forgetting to tell that the remaining 2.8 million is of UK’s own doing, and they are not even there because of war or other thing that would force them to leave. By the way – Hungary and Denmark prove that if a country is determined enough it may even get those EU-assigned refugees. Or this CO2 issue – a lot of whining about the evil EU selling CO2 permits, while forgetting that it is its own decision to phase out coal power plants, while other EU members actually are building or planning to build new ones. Same with socialism – EU never required the level of social programs that is implemented in the UK. Same with taxes – EU mandates min. 15% VAT base rate, UK has 20% VAT base rate. If UK was really bothered with EU requirements then they’d implement only the minimum of what EU required.
    And when it comes to unelected government officials – the official head of state of the UK is an unelected, hereditary monarch…

    • Richard Nikoley on June 19, 2016 at 06:31

      Yea, well there are always a million calculations to make when other people’s looted money is on the line, isn’t there?

      Iceland withdrew its EU application last yea, and the Swiss just did so formally (as a gesture, really).

      “Christoph Blocher, the Swiss former MP who led the charge to keep Switzerland out of the EU in 1992, has told The Spectator that Project Fear was deployed in that referendum, too. One politician predicted at the time that if it didn’t join, within five years it would be begging to do so “on its knees”.

      “In fact, those predictions never came to pass. “The Monday after the Sunday, the Bourse rose,” Mr. Blocher recalls.

      “But he agrees that Britain wouldn’t get the same deal as the Swiss post-Brexit: “No, you’d get a much better deal.”

      “His conclusion: “I think if you [Britain] leave the EU it will be very good for you.””

      In my view, every step that can be taken to get out from under some number of bureaucrats and career politicians is a step well taken. This will accomplish that. The Brits will have fewer hands in their pockets by force and that’s always a better thing.

      And while corporatism with its sweetheart deals is definitely a problem, at least people generally have some choices in the matter of which one to trade with, or not trade at all. No such choices exist with the monopoly governemnt. Reducing the size and scope of that monopoly over them is a good thing.

    • GTR on June 19, 2016 at 13:17

      Iceland and Nowary are members of European Economic Area, which is like EU-lite.

      Switzerland is partially dependand on EU law, via a series of agreements, while not having a vote in the EU, that is a say in forming what such laws are.–European_Union_relations

      ” series of bilateral treaties whereby the Swiss Confederation has adopted various provisions of European Union law in order to participate in the Union’s single market.”

      Besides Switzerland is a normal industrialized country, with 27.7 percent of GDP coming from the industry. UK has like around 21% of GDP from industrial acitivites, which is an anomaly in the Norhern Europe. Eg. Germany is at 29%, Sweden at 29%, Czech Republic at 39%, Bielarus at 47%, Ukraine at 29%, Poland at 34%. Even most of the southerners are more normal – Italy at 24% and Croatia at 26%, except for Greece at percent. For comparison – South Korea economy is 39% industrial, 40.5% for China.
      Building an economy on services requires someone to buy those services, and it’s not a good idea to cut yourself off from such buyers by exiting their club. US can afford such stuff (21% of GDP in services) via both free emission of a world currency, as well as by being stronghold of IT, UK is not such strong in these fields.
      Getting back to the Switzerland – it lies on important routes between EU countries – Germany, Italy, Austria. In a sense EU is dependant on Switzerland for some of its transportation, which gives Switzerland good negotiating position. Norway has some oil and gas, which also give it good position. UK is peripherial, quite unnecessary for vital EU functions, and it’s natual resources are being exhausted righ now.

      When it comes to limiting the numbers of bureaucrats – doing it on top is countrerproductive. It’s on the local level where they multipy by the number of local entities (cities, counties etc.). A single centralized government could do with much less than hundreds of local ones. For example the highest number of government officers during the communism in Poland was in 1955, and it was 362,4 thousands. Notice these were the times when the government controlled everything directly, via micromanagement. Now the free market that regulates itself the number of various governments officers is higher than the communist record by 86 thousand, mostly because of creating various local level of government, rather than keeping a single centralized one.
      EU if wisely used looks like a good way to limit bureaucracy by limiting duplication of effors in areas like creating standards. Less internal borders means less people to make border checks and so on.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 19, 2016 at 15:55

      I’ll reiterate. Tossing off any of all chains that bind is always a good thing.

  3. Richard Nikoley on June 19, 2016 at 15:53
  4. AdVille on June 19, 2016 at 20:46
  5. Gemma on June 22, 2016 at 06:29

    Boris Johnson declares June 23 Independence Day

    2016 version is simply shorter 🙂 than this:

    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  6. LaFrite on June 24, 2016 at 00:45

    Sooooo, they did it 🙂

    O France, where art thou ?!

    PS: Of course, one shouldn’t be surprised if the euro-technocrats wiped their asses with the referendum results (cf. France-2005, Greece 2015, etc). So let’s see how this pans out in the coming months.

    • LaFrite on June 24, 2016 at 02:24

    • Richard Nikoley on June 24, 2016 at 05:48

      I woke up pleasantly surprised because last I looked, late yesterday afternoon, it looked like it was going the other way.

    • LaFrite on June 24, 2016 at 08:27

      Yeah, I was not holding my breath either, after I had read that even N. Farage called it a defeat late yesterday …
      But anyway, asking people what they feel like is one thing, what will happen practically is another. As usual, such turnaround always rekindles some kind of hope …

  7. GTR on June 24, 2016 at 13:22

    The title contains the name “Britain”. Is there going to be Britan any longer considering that most of the England wants to be out of the EU, while Scottland wants to be in, as well as Northern Ireland? All those messages about taking back control from the larger entity that the Brexit camp propagated seem to fit well into the feelings of Scotts and Irish from the North.

  8. Richard Nikoley on June 24, 2016 at 14:50

    I suppose that will be up to them. The scots already voted down independence from UK. Now they find they don’t get to have their cake and eat it too.

    As I see it they have three avenues. Stay as is, separate, and either join the EU or go it alone. I would urge the latter.

    Continual tossing off chains, independence right down to the individual. Anarchy.

    Incidentally, this all and always about OPM. Observe what the whiners are whining about.

  9. Sheena Hunt on June 24, 2016 at 15:04

    I voted out, mainly because we’ve waited 41 years from the last referendum on remaining in the (then) EEC. From that time, the EU took the liberty of assuming that we gave them carte blanche to do whatever they liked with our money, our freedom, our borders and our laws. Now those chickens have come home to roost. What annoys me most is the attitude of some of the brainwashed and privileged young, who accuse the older generation of selling them out, whilst forgetting that far greater numbers of young voters just couldn’t be bothered to take a stake in the own future. They got what they deserved. Its going to be tough for a while, and despite voting out I hope that this will lead to reform in Europe and we can once again be part of a common market style collaboration. We shall see…!

  10. thhq1 on June 24, 2016 at 17:16

    Remember I said a couple weeks ago that the hippies had won? And that it doesn’t last long?

    The hippie system of economics was the Digger’s Free Frame of Reference. No money, everything is donated, share and share alike, free stores and medical clinics for any stoner that wandered into the Haight. The system broke down when the rightful owners of the neighborhood decided to take it back. In the Haight the 1968 race riots broke up the 2 year hippie squat in what had been a predominantly black district pre 1966. The hippie’s hand-out driven society was powerless against armed force, and wandered off towards Mendocino.

    The Digger’s economic system is now globalized, as the modern Progressive economic system, and extended to the scale of the EU and the USA. If more euros or dollars are needed, more are created. If immigrants need a place to squat, we share and share alike, free food and medical care for all. Nothing new is ever built, it’s entirely parasitic.

    Until someone decides to take their country back.

    • thhq on June 24, 2016 at 20:41

      Brexit is about Syrian refugees IMO. Resulting from the Arab Spring and that “line in the sand” drawn by our POTUS and Madam Secretary. A free frame of reference sort of line.

      They never grew up from the 60’s. It’s all just cheap theatrics to them. Nothing serious. They’ll be up in Mendocino when the shooting starts.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 24, 2016 at 17:39

      “and extended to the scale of”

      I believe I have a post title somewhere, “It Does Not Scale.” That, or I’ve wrote it a number of times.

      Leave it to an “idealistic” leftist moron Fucktard to conclude that if the grand plan doesn’t work in a small communism, then all we need is a lot more voter subject victims who aren’t “enlightened” as we are, and don’t have a clue what is going on.

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